Little League Baseball

Lake Norman Little League offers the following recreational baseball divisions of play.  Rosters are typically composed of 12 players per team.  All baseball players above Tee Ball are required to attend a skills evaluation, after which a determination is made in regards to division placement.  Teams are drafted in an attempt to create balance across each division of play.

Baseball League Age ranges are typical for these programs to keep participants playing age appropriate ball. Age ranges often overlap, allowing players who need a little more time to develop to play down in a division, or play up in a division if they are ready to advance and if approved by the league board.

It is important for all volunteers and parents to be familiar with the most up-to-date version of Little League’s Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies.  This page will provide resources on bat information, rules and regulations, official forms and publications, policy statements, and more.

Tee Ball (League Ages 4-6)

 Often, a family’s first introduction to Little League® is in the Tee Ball program. Tee Ball is the entry level division for players in Lake Norman Little League and is offered for boys and girls, league ages 4-6. The experience is grounded in fun, fitness, and fundamentals while also being a key to growing a child’s love for the game.

Each Little Leaguer is required to play at least one season of Tee Ball before being eligible to be evaluated for consideration to advance to a higher division of Little League baseball or softball.  The use of a robust 10-week Tee Ball program benefits the players and volunteer coaches.  The Little League Tee Ball program provides volunteer coaches with everything they need to create an environment where players will learn the skills of the game, while having fun and staying active.  Parents and legal guardians of Tee Ball players are strongly encouraged to become involved in this entry level of Little League and are crucial to the extension of the program.

Tee Ball players use bats and baseballs designated specifically for use in this division. The roster size for a Tee Ball team averages 10-12 players, with a season featuring 1 practice per week with a single game played on Saturday's.

Minor League Baseball Divisions (league ages 6-10)

Minor League Baseball programs are for boys and girls, ages 6-10, utilizing a 60-foot diamond and a pitching distance of 46 feet (except Cactus division pitching distance is 30 feet).   Divisions are established for "machine pitch" and "player-pitch".  A player who is league age 5 and has played a season of Tee Ball may petition to "move up" to a machine-pitch division.  The following Minor League Baseball Divisions are offered:

Cactus - Machine-Pitch Baseball Division (league ages 6-7)
Introductory machine-pitch baseball division.
All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in Lake Norman Little League's All-Stars exhibition game at the conclusion of the season. 

Grapefruit - Machine-Pitch Baseball Division (league ages 7-8)
Advanced machine-pitch baseball division.
All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in the Little League district tournaments with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament. 

AAA - Player-Pitch Baseball Division (league ages 8-10)
Introductory player-pitch baseball division.
All Stars are selected from this division in the spring to participate in the Little League district tournaments with the opportunity to advance to the state tournament. 

Majors - Little League Baseball Division (league ages 10-12)

The Little League Baseball Division ("Majors") is for boys and girls ages 10-12.  The diamond used is a 60-foot diamond and a pitching distance of 46 feet.  Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.

Each spring, Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of players from within this division to compete in Little League's International Tournament starting with the district tournament.  The culmination of the International Tournament is the Little League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world.  All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.

Junior League Baseball Division (league ages 12-14)

The Junior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 12-14, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.  Teams compete in a district-wide game schedule with some travel to neighboring leagues required.

Each spring, Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of players from within this division (and/or from within the Senior League Division) to compete in the International Tournament starting with the district tournament.  The culmination of the International Tournament is the Junior League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world.  All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.


Senior League Baseball Division (league ages 13-16)

The Senior League Baseball Division is a program for boys and girls ages 13-16, using a conventional 90-foot diamond with a pitching distance of 60 feet, 6 inches. Lake Norman Little League drafts teams in this division each season following skills evaluations.  Teams compete in a district-wide game schedule with some travel to neighboring leagues required.

Each spring, Lake Norman Little League chooses a Tournament Team (or “All Stars”) of players from within this division (and/or from within the Junior League Division) to compete in the International Tournament starting with the district tournament. The culmination of the International Tournament is the Senior League Baseball World Series, featuring teams from around the world. All expenses for the teams advancing to the World Series (travel, meals and housing) are paid by Little League International.


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